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Device agnostic networking reduces WiFi device flooding

07 Jun 2013

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The Ruckus DAN framework combines important access management capabilities with the company's high capacity wireless LAN (WLAN) system, the Ruckus ZoneFlex. The combination aims to help IT organisations drive down mobility service management costs while rapidly scaling their Ruckus Smart WiFi infrastructures to meet the influx of new WiFi devices flooding their networks.

The DAN framework introduces a consolidated bring-your-own-device (BYOD) portal for guest access and device registration using a single WLAN. This speeds onboarding and eliminates the need for an external captive portal Web server. The DAN portal is a mobile friendly landing page provided by the Ruckus ZoneFlex operating system that gives mobile users easy and intuitive instructions to securely access the WiFi network without manually configuring their wireless devices. Additionally, the BYOD onboarding portal provides a one-click operation to Ruckus Zero-IT registration.

Zero-IT is an onboarding technology that lets users self-provision their devices without IT intervention. Users connect to a provisioning network, login with their domain credentials, and Zero-IT auto-configures their device with the right network profile and associated privileges.

When the device reconnects to the proper network, advanced security is enforced with standard 802.1x or with Ruckus patented Dynamic Pre-Shared Key (Dynamic PSK) technology and the user receives access, based on the role- or device-based policies in place.

Within the DAN framework, administrators can automatically apply policies to allow, deny, rate limit, or assign devices to separate virtual LANs (VLANs) based on the operating system or device type. This permits flexible access rules to be automatically enforced based on the device type without the need to maintain user roles or attributes within an authentication system. In the future, administrators could use this same automatic policy enforcement function to allow, deny or change the priority of specific application traffic such as social media, gaming, and video streaming. This reduces unwanted traffic and congestion on Wi-Fi networks to improve performance.




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